Building Methods And Policies That Govern The Construction Of New Offices

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This research project will be investigating the building methods and policies that govern the construction of new offices within the UK. My research has be conducted through a combination of both interview and analysis of the available literature in order to provide a comprehensive review, and to also gain a thorough understanding of policies adopted in the UK with regards to sustainable office development.

Sustainable development is defined as development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1987). The term address problems such as environmental pollution, depletion of non-renewable resources and climate change.
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Sustainable development has been established as the key factor when considering development as a whole. The National Planning Policy Framework sets guidelines for developers that are in keeping with current government strategy for development within the UK.
The government has released, Securing the future – delivering UK sustainable development strategy. This document refers to 5 key principles of sustainable development; living within the planets environmental limits; ensuring a strong, health and just society; achieving a sustainable economy; promoting good governance; and using sound science responsibly.
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1 Rationale
1.1 The topic of sustainable development has been chosen as the focus of this research project as it is at the forefront of planning policy in the UK and is used as a key factor in shaping the world around us. Furthermore, during my year of placement I was involved in a project where the client requested that the design and construction of an office block achieved a high standard on the BREEAM. This sparked enthusiasm for sustainable development methods as a whole and gave me an insight into how working professionals meet these standards. Many articles have been published on this subject area and it is
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